B3 - Manufacturing cell and gene therapies: current challenges and future trends

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Juliet Obi (University of Maryland, USA) and Frank Van Lier (National Research Council Canada, Canada)


Cell and gene therapies (CGT) represent disruptive advancements in medicine by curing the most dramatic human diseases, including terminal cancers. Making these therapies accessible for large patient populations represents a major challenge, given the lack of global manufacturing capacity that is observed today. This session will provide an overview on cell and gene therapy manufacturing, challenges and bottlenecks and identify future trends to debottleneck manufacturing and make CGT widely accessible (including continuous manufacturing of viral vectors). Discussions will also address current initiatives for training of highly qualified personnel to ensure workforce supply and how international collaborations can accelerate advancements in the field.


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Steven Keizer (Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, Canada)

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Fouad Atouf  (Unites States Pharmacopeia – USP, USA)


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe challenges related to cell and gene therapy manufacturing
  2. Summarize what initiatives are addressing the bottlenecks in cell and gene therapy
  3. Explain which international collaborations will accelerate cell therapy development